Japan’s 140-member supergroup AKB48 is holding its second annual draft next month, in which sub-teams will choose new members from a draft of 48 young hopefuls. And among the finalists is one of the youngest potential members the group has ever seen.
AKB48 is a 92-member girl band from Japan whose one song has garnered some 56 million hits on YouTube. The WSJ’s Deborah Kan talks to Tokyo News Editor Kenneth Maxwell about what’s causing the cult following. Read the interview with the group’s.
91-strong girl group AKB48. The group - the world's largest - is one of the highest-earning musical acts in the world and recruits new members through Pop Idol-style auditions. All the girls must be well-behaved, and they perform in a theatre every day.
A 17-year-old former member of a Japanese girl band, or "idol group" as they are called in the ... In one incident, Minami Minegishi, of idol supergroup AKB48, shaved her head (a traditional act of contrition in Japan) after it was revealed she had spent.
AKB48 was attacked by a saw-wielding man at a meet-and-greet event, with two members of the Japanese girl band suffering cuts to their hands and being taken to the hospital. The attack took place at the pop group’s mini-concert on Sunday afternoon in.
Two members of popular Japanese girl band AKB48 have been discharged from hospital after a man wielding a saw attacked them at a fan event. Rina Kawaei, 19, and Anna Iriyama, 18, received cuts to the hands and heads after a man slashed them with the.
See how many you got right. A few weeks ago, Japan was shocked when the newest singer of girl band AKB48 turned out to be fake. She was a computer generated model from the facial features of the six other AKB48 members. We found a bunch of 3D designers who.
Members of Japanese band AKB48 played the ultimate game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to pick their new lead singer. This video has been optimised for mobile viewing on the BBC News app. The BBC News app is available from the Apple App Store for iPhone and.
A similar controversy happened to girl band AKB48 after it was revealed one band member had spent the night with a member of a boy band. The management company claimed damages of $42,375 from the girl and her parents to compensate for the money it had.
AKB48 ... in March showing group members passing bite-sized candies seductively from mouth-to-mouth, sparking cries it promoted homosexuality. The finance ministry has previously relied on celebrities to push Japan's government bonds, with a 2010 campaign.